Singapore has the highest Gini coefficient (after taxes and transfers) – the measure of income inequality – in the developed world. This has been increasingly salient of late and the government has responded with a more progressive budget that seeks to help the lowest rung of society, to give them a leg up. However, behind these numbers resides a problematic reality – that social mobility … Continue reading The Forgotten Side of the Effort to Empower the Malay Community
BY TERENCE TAN Our children will have to deal with a more divided world. They’re going to grow up in a world where simmering racial tensions have boiled over into street violence, where a crowing xenophobe can become an elected President, and where religious fundamentalists are able to rouse thousands to perish in their name. To thrive in this world, they’ll have to navigate a … Continue reading To Live Together: Focus On Our Differences
BY SINGAPORE POLICY JOURNAL Education policy in Singapore has attracted much attention of late. In the recent parliamentary speeches, Ms Denise Phua (MP, Jalan Besar GRC) commented on how the Direct Admission System disproportionally benefits wealthy families. Mr Png Eng Huat (MP, Hougang) also expressed worries about the billion-dollar tuition culture. A good primary education is perceived to be essential for upward mobility, but the … Continue reading Making Every School an Accessible School
BY THEOPHILUS KWEK “Until very recently Singapore’s past was a matter of supreme indifference for most Singaporeans simply because they believed this island never really had a history worth remembering…” – S. Rajaratnam, ‘The Uses and Abuses of the Past’, 1984. A quick Google search for “slavery in Singapore” returns references to “Modern-day Slavery”, as many have termed the conditions of foreign, and especially domestic … Continue reading A History Worth Remembering: Forced Labour and National Identity in Singapore
BY KSHITIJ BANSAL Our education system has served us well thus far. Presentation skills, deal-making skills, teamwork skills and the like are key components of our education system. Our vocational training is also up to par. So to many Singaporeans, and to the world at large, there seems to be no immediate pressing issue with our system. Singaporean students regularly lift our chins high at … Continue reading Creativity: from Education to Governance
BY ZACH ISAIAH CHIA It seems that globalisation has resulted the rise of nationalism and xenophobia. We see it in the rise of UKIP in UK, New Dawn in Greece, Donald Trump in the US and the Swedish Democrats in Sweden. A recent Op-Ed in the Singapore Policy Journal argued that the local-foreigner divided was threatening to tear Singapore asunder. In the article, writer Samuel … Continue reading Are Singaporeans Xenophobic?
BY BENJAMIN ANG The ongoing legal dispute between Apple Inc and the FBI, over accessing data on the iPhone of a deceased terror suspect, has been characterised as a conflict between security and privacy in the US. But it has also highlighted cybersecurity issues that have serious implications for Singapore’s Smart Nation initiative. APPLE INC is refusing to comply with a court order demanding that … Continue reading Beyond Apple vs FBI: Implications for Singapore’s Smart Nation Project
BY GAURAV KEERTHI Introduction In commemoration of Total Defence Day, I thought I could try to ask four fundamental questions – and address some common doubts – about defending Singapore: (1) Do we need to defend Singapore?; (2) Do we need our own military force to defend Singapore?; (3) Do we need to invest money, talent, and effort into our military? and (4) Is military … Continue reading Doubting Singapore’s Defence